Eating and drinking places have gained more than 1 million jobs during the first half of 2021, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, the industry remains nearly 1.3 million jobs (10 percent) below pre-pandemic employment numbers.
Restaurants added a net of 194,300 jobs in June on a seasonally-adjusted basis, marking the sixth consecutive month of staffing growth, the National Restaurant Association noted. Despite those gains, the restaurants-and-accommodations sector has 1.2 million job openings on the last business day of May, according to BLS data. That was nearly double the number of openings in January and represented the highest monthly reading since the Job Openings and Labor Turnover data series began in 2000.
Overall, the economy saw a record 9.2 million job openings at the end of May.
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